Wednesday at the forum

A nightmare as advent of the real

On a few occasions – for example, in Television and in La troisième – Lacan used the phrase advent of the real. In preparation for the next rendezvous of the International of the Forums of the Lacanian Field, I wish to discuss a phenomenon from the clinic that provides a unique path by which to investigate this topic. Recently, analysands have been bringing to their sessions with increasing frequency what they have termed: nightmares. It has been through the work with such occurrences, that nightmares – being both different and similar to the various forms of dreams Freud had outlined in his, Interpretation of Dreams, as well as those he was forced to include in his categorization from, Beyond the Pleasure Principle – have opened up another way of investigating the subject’s experience of the advents of the real. In this paper, I hope to show not only how nightmares can be considered as advents of the real, but also how a Lacanian reading of them adds something to a Freudian understanding of dreams.   This event is free. Confidentiality will be observed.